Zombie Flick: No intermission till you’re dead

Spoiler alert! Beyond the obvious pun tying the game motif to the the old grind house zombie movies, Zombie Flick HD plays off a tried (or tired) and true formula. Kill zombies until they kill you. Some people never get enough of zombies, and this game is right up their alley. For others, the game may lose its appeal quickly.

It’s the game day Friday before Halloween, and it’s zombie week to boot. So we’ll finish with one of the few zombie games that continues to hold my interest. None of the games this week have held the appeal of Plants vs Zombies, but since I already reviewed that months ago, I’m contenting myself with also rans. Zombie Flick HD is a decent also ran.

I don’t know what attracts people to zombie movies and games, but they keep cranking them out and people keep buying them. The formula doesn’t get more basic. Zombies want to eat you. You have to kill them first. Usually the zombies win. If you survive, don’t worry, they’ll be back for a sequel.

I don’t know why zombies are so popular. All they do is shuffle, moan and eat brains. But they litter the titles of B, C and D movies. Even philosophers love zombies. You wouldn’t believe how many articles are published in legitimate academic journals about zombies, even though speculation on vampires would get a philosopher laughed out of the business. And philosophical zombies are even more boring than the zombies who shuffle on screen, because they don’t eat brains.

Zombie Flick HD reduces the zombie formula to its most visceral essentials. The zombies are after you and you must kill them with any weapon at hand. Just when you think you’ve got them all, more show up to kill you. Fortunately, you’re apparently the soul survivor of the zombie apocalypse, so people left plenty of crap around for you to defend yourself with.

You may have to take on body building zombies with nothing more than an etch-a-sketch pad or a can of baked beans. Some go down quickly, others throw things back at you.

You don’t have to worry about finding weapons, the game feeds them to you automatically. They can be bricks, cracked flower pots, computer disks, cheap pulp zombie novels. The idea is that you don’t have time to plan, simply react.

In each scenario you find yourself behind a barrier (presumably one you erected) and you have to make sure the zombies don’t break through. If you have a moment to spare, you might want to grab your wrench and repair the barriers because as soon as they go down nothing will stop the zombies.

Don’t forget to repair the barrier when you get a moment. Once they break through it’s all over.

To make matters worse, your barrier stands in the middle of a four way intersection, which means they come at you from all sides. Pay too much attention to one group and the other gets you. And trust me, you will not win close quarters combat with zombies.

You throw objects at zombies by flicking them with your finger (hence the pun, flicking projectiles in a zombie flick). So if you’ve ever played can knockdown or paper basket toss on an iPad, you will already have an idea of what you need to do. As you get better you will discover a number of flick tricks like banking shots and multi-target slices.

You will need to develop your flicking skills arsenal and your aiming skills, because the zombies don’t die when they go down. They keep coming at you, dragging themselves by the fingers or crawling on one knee. It may take several hits to defeat them.

Zombie Flick HD isn’t complex or feature loaded. It only offers three skill levels. The training level unlocks the last stand level. The training level is the last one you can win without knowing what you’re doing. In the last stand level, you’re going to die. The only question is how many zombies you kill first.

As with most zombie games, a zombie isn’t simply a zombie. Zombie Flick HD features running zombies, stumbling zombies and even steroid-laced body building zombies who throw dumb bells at you with deadly accuracy. You can deflect them if you have the right weapon to throw with, but if you’re holding a roll of toilet paper, you maybe able to kill a zombie but it won’t deflect a flying dumb bell.

The zombies come at you from all four directions so you have to keep switching position. Spend too much time with one group and another swarms you. You’re dead.

If you score a million points (really, a million) in the last stand level, you unlock the survival level. If you can last two minutes at survival level, you win. I never won, but I have to confess that by the time I reached the last stage I was already tired of the game.

Of course, I only watch a zombie movie when I’m really really bored and when it has cute actresses who lose their clothes trying to escape. After all, what other reason would you look up the Mister Skin site except to see if a zombie movie appeals to the full range of male prurient interest, or if it’s simply a mindless blood fest?

Besides, many well known and widely respected actresses got their start in those small parts where they lost their clothes escaping from zombies. Not a single respected actress actually comes to mind for her initiation into Hollywood as jail and zombie bait, but, trust me, almost all of them did.

The bottom line? Just about everybody will have fun for an hour or two with Zombie Flick HD, but only true fans will play it again and again. It ranges in price from one to five dollars. Personally, however, I think even true fans should wait for the lower price.

Jenny Manytoes rates Zombie Flick HD

Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to Zombie Flick HD. The rating goes up or down with the price and your love of zombies.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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